Aerial Robotic NonDestructive Testing (NDT)

For nondestructive testing (NDT) measurements such as:
dry film thickness (DFT), surface profile (SP),
and ultrasonic wall and pipe thickness (UT)


The Smart Bee™ is a patented Nondestructive testing (NDT) autonomous precision controlled aerial robotic system (drone) for defense and industrial applications.  This platform can conduct autonomous eddy-current, magnetic-particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic, ultrasonic, and visual testing at heights and in confined spaces without the need for cranes, scaffolding, or rope work. This includes;

  • Ultrasonic Thickness Testing (UTT) such as wall or pipe thickness measurements of ships hull, oil & gas facilities, pipelines, etc. to ASTM, API, or other standards.
  • Dry film thickness (DFT) paint coating thickness measurements on ferrous substrates pursuant to SSPC-PA 2 or other standards, producing over 100 measurements per hour
  • Surface profile measurements for blast cleaned metal surfaces pursuant with SSPC-SP or other standards.
  • Nondestructive examination (NDE), Nondestructive Inspection (NDI), confined space, and other inspections.
  • Apellix can integrate NDT and other technologies into its platform to create custom / bespoke applications.

We do this without the need for cranes, scaffolding or rope work. 

The Smart Bee was recently recognized as a 2017 Innovation of the Year by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).



We are accepting deposits for leases of the Beta Version of the Smart Bee. Please fill out the form below.

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